Keynote speakers – University of Copenhagen

ADI Conference 2017 > Keynote speakers

9th annual international ADI conference
Asian Dynamics Initiative, University of Copenhagen, 26-28 June 2017

Keynote Speakers

Francesca Bray is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. Her fields of speciality are Material culture; China and East Asia; Gender Regimes; Agriculture; and the politics of food, technology and society. With an outset in agricultural history and the history of science, technology and medicine in China, Francesca Bray is now the President of the Society of the History of Technology.

Professor Francesca Bray's keynote address: The politics of the handloom: craft, technology and the modern nation in China and India 

Sumathi Ramaswamy is Professor of History at Duke University. A cultural historian of South Asia and the British empire, her research over the last few years has been largely in the areas of visual studies, the history of carto-graphy, and gender. Sumathi Ramaswamy's work in popular visual history has also led her to co-establish Tasveerghar: A Digital Network of South Asian Popular Visual Culture.

Professor Sumathi Ramaswamy's keynote address: A Mahatma on the March: Towards an Aesthetics of the Ambulatory


Nora Annesley Taylor is Alsdorf Professor of South and Southeast Asian Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She specialises in modern and contemporary Vietnamese art and the interconnectedness, or lack thereof, in Southeast Asian art. In addition to this, she is responsible for curational projects at The Alsdorf Galleries of Indian, Southeast Asian, Himalayan, and Islamic Art.

Professor Nora Taylor's keynote address: Southeast Asian Artists' Global Networks